Five Pittsburgh Pirates hit home runs off the Philadelphia Phillies to snap a six-game skid in the Grapefruit League with a 11-2 victory Thursday at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla.
Trevor Williams allowed three hits and an unearned run but had four strikeouts with no walks in five innings.
Adam Frazier, Corey Dickerson, Colin Moran, Starling Marte, Kevin Newman all homered for the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates play their first night game of the spring tonight – when they host Tampa Bay in Bradenton. First pitch is 6pm. Joe Musgrove is scheduled to pitch.
Major League Baseball is making some rules changes as part of a deal with the MLB Players Association, including requiring that pitchers face a minimum of three batters before being taken out of a game. That new rule, as well as a regular-season roster expansion to 26 players will go into effect in the 2020 season. Changes that will go into effect this coming season include; a single trade deadline on July 31st, getting rid of August trades; an All-Star Game election day in which fans will vote online for starters and the top three vote-getters will take part in a one-day election; and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner.